The military requirement for F-22s is 243 aircraft, although the Air Force leadership supports the recent decision by the Defense Department leadership to buy only 187 F-22s due to other pressing priorities, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said at a National Aeronautic Association luncheon in Washington, D.C., April 16, 2009. Here, Schwartz addresses personnel during an airmen's call at Langley AFB, Va., March 11, 2009. Schwartz witnessed an F-22 demonstration during this visit to Langley.
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